Cliff Edwards - Stack O'Lee
One of many versions of the story of Stack O'Lee, this one written and performed by Cliff Edwards, from a recording dating from July 25th, 1928. From the original 78rpm disk.
Source Original 78rpm disk digitized by old78collector
November 14, 2010
What a great find! I am a big fan of Cliff Edwards AKA Ukelele Ike (and later known as Disney's Jiminy Cricket). This version of Stackolee is very different from any other version I've heard because the ukulele gives it such an upbeat, cheerful treatment that belies the content of the lyrics. It also focuses very little on Stackolee's crime itself, but rather on the results of the crime.
But I think my favorite part is the last stanza of part one, where Cliff Edwards addresses the limitations of the day's technology:
"The song is just about half through / To get it all on here I've tried / You better stop your machine, turn your record over, and play the other side / And you'll hear some more of the song called Stack-o-lee."
For those of you that are picky, you can hear some of the scratchiness of the record, but it is at a very low level, and to me only adds to the charm.